Category: Dunwoody Reporter

Protests come to Dunwoody, spark discussion of racism and policing

The nationwide protest movement over the death of George Floyd and other black people came to Dunwoody on June 2. At City Hall and police headquarters, a Dunwoody High School graduate led a demonstration that drew Mayor Lynn Deutsch and dozens of others, amid discussions of racist incidents past and present in the city. Another protest was scheduled for 5-6 p.m. in Dunwoody Village, arranged by a resident of the Mill Glen subdivision and intended to be family-focused. Lydia Wells said she organized the City Hall event and an earlier demonstration in Peachtree Corners because it’s “important to show...

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Commentary: Who had the best branding in the pandemic?

As the pandemic crisis struck local communities, leaders emerged, volunteer programs multiplied, and efforts to boost morale spread. In the terms of business and politics, many of these were partly efforts of branding and profile-raising. But which ones worked, which ones fell by the wayside, and will any have impacts after the immediate crisis is over? Down the road, will anyone still say “Brookhaven Strong” or remember that a local restaurant donated food? The Reporter asked professors of marketing, business and politics for their perspectives on some local examples.   ‘Brookhaven Strong’ The city of Brookhaven promoted this phrase,...

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Pandemic Roundup: Bars and clubs can reopen; Atlanta mayor urges testing after protests

News updates about the coronavirus pandemic: Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and local health officials are concerned that the ongoing protests over the killing of George Floyd could cause a spike in COVID-19 cases. Thousands of people have converged on the city for the past four days in circumstances making social distancing impossible. “If you’re out there protesting, then you need to go get a COVID-19 test this week,” Bottoms said during a weekend press conference. “There’s still a pandemic in America killing black and brown people at a higher rate.” As of 1 p.m. on June 1, there...

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Dunwoody Police describe how officers warded away 150-200 vehicles from Perimeter Mall during Atlanta looting

The Dunwoody Police Department has described more details about what may have been an intended mass looting of Perimeter Mall early on May 30 as around 150 to 200 vehicles were “escorted” away by officers. The vehicles — many with obscured or out-of-state license plates — came in waves, with some masked and gloved occupants gathering at nearby businesses, DPD said. No arrests were made and no one directly attempted to break into the mall. A restaurant in a nearby shopping center was burglarized, but DPD is still investigating whether it was connected to the groups around the mall....

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Restaurants seek elbow room in the pandemic’s distanced dining

From picnic tables in parking lots to dining on strips of shopping center landscaping, restaurants returning after pandemic shutdowns are looking for room to spread out for social distancing. And no one knows how long that will last. Or how long it can last. Can restaurants survive with the lower capacity as they spread tables apart until the pandemic is contained or a vaccine is found? How long will neighbors and city inspectors have patience for seating snatched from parking spaces and sidewalks? Experts and local restaurateurs say the pandemic could push the industry to a trend of building...

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On third night of Atlanta protests, no major incidents in Buckhead and local cities

A third night of protests and rioting in Atlanta appeared to be contained in Downtown, as police reported no significant incidents in Buckhead or the local cities of Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. Thousands of protesters again gathered on the afternoon of May 31 as part of nationwide demonstrations sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minnesota following an arrest where a police officer is now charged with murder and manslaughter. The Atlanta Police Department said it made 64 arrests, bringing the weekend total to 292. Bolstered by Georgia National Guard troops and Georgia State Patrol officers, APD...

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Atlanta curfew, Dunwoody stay-at-home advisory come as local cities brace for third night of protests

Atlanta will be under a curfew and Dunwoody is advising residents to stay at home as local cities braced May 31 for a third night of protests and possible riots. Police in Brookhaven and Sandy Springs said they are still considering whether to issue a stay-at-home advisory as protests related to the death of George Floyd began elsewhere. Sandy Springs saw minor looting at three locations on the night of May 29, the first night of protests and riots in Atlanta, police revealed. Further protests on May 31 were starting in downtown Atlanta, and that afternoon a march was...

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Gov. Kemp authorizes 3,000 National Guard troops for possible May 31 statewide protests

Gov. Brian Kemp has authorized a call-up of up to 3,000 Georgia National Guard troops to police “several planned protests” May 31 anywhere in the state. Kemp made the announcement as a second night of protests and rioting continued in Atlanta following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. The protest movement spread across the metro area, with demonstrations in Sandy Springs and Gainesville. Kemp previously authorized 500 National Guard troops for the Atlanta riots and on May 30 they were stationed at a fortified Lenox Square mall in Buckhead. As of the early morning hours of May 31,...

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Dunwoody Police advise residents to stay at home as protests begin elsewhere

The Dunwoody Police Department is advising its city’s residents to stay at home as a second night of metro Atlanta protests begin regarding the case of George Floyd. “Due to groups of protestors gathering in various parts of the metro area, we are asking residents to stay home tonight and avoid areas that may be targets of civil unrest, such as the mall or other retail areas,” DPD said on social media. “We thank you for your assistance as we work to keep Dunwoody safe.” The warning came after nationwide protests and riots on May 29 and into the...

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Pill Hill overpass is biggest idea in Perimeter Center road project studies

Turning the Sandy Springs Medical Center’s main intersection into an overpass is the biggest — and probably least likely — road project among several that the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts has in the planning stages. More lanes for faster turns and easier access to Ga. 400 are a general theme of several projects that project director John Gurbal presented at an April 28 quarterly update from the PCIDs, two jointly operated, self-taxing business districts in Perimeter Center that spend much of their money on transportation improvements. The following are some of the new projects PCIDs is studying or planning....

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Police ‘escorted’ 150-plus vehicles away from Perimeter Mall during Atlanta riots; advise public caution

Around 150 to 200 vehicles — many with obscured or out-of-state license plates — were peacefully “escorted” by police away from Dunwoody’s Perimeter Mall area early on May 30 as rioters looted malls and shopping centers in Buckhead. With the possibilities of protests or riots continuing amid the national controversy over George Floyd’s death in Minnesota, local police are advising public caution in the area. “We are continuing to monitor the situation very closely and are prepared to respond,” said Dunwoody Police spokesperson Sgt. Robert Parsons in an email. “We are not advising the public to avoid any specific...

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Dunwoody Police lieutenant resigns amid internal investigation, possible legal action

A popular Dunwoody Police Department lieutenant has resigned amid an internal investigation, according to the police chief, and a “whistleblower” legal action with allegations involving him and other officers may be coming. Lt. Fidel Espinoza, the former head of DPD’s Administrative Services division, resigned effective May 4, according to Police Chief Billy Grogan. “Lt. Espinoza has resigned from our department and there is an internal matter that we are investigating, but I’m not at liberty to really talk about it at this point in time,” said Grogan in a phone interview. Asked who and what is being investigated, Grogan...

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